If you're a road warrior, then you have lounge access and have no need to pay for food. I'm sure David Brooks would get access to lounges, whether it's airline run, or AmEx's Centurion Lounges. Now, not all lounges have hot food, but there are work-arounds. For example, I've had "Elite" status on Air New Zealand for over 10 years now (for you alliance junkies that's their highest designation, a step up in NZ's system from Star Alliance Gold but still considered Gold to the rest of the alliance), which gives me access to United lounges in the US (even though most United status holders aren't allowed in) and Maple Leaf lounges up north. In LAX I head for the Star Alliance lounge in the International Terminal even if I'm flying domestically. I can get gluten free food, take a shower, have some wine or champagne and sit outside watching the planes land or on the mezzanine watching the ebb and flow of people in the terminal. The only trick is to give myself a long-enough layover, given it's a 15-20 minute walk to Terminals 7 and 8 where United is. Given I am one of the people who like the journey rather than simply the destination, it's quite the enjoyable day. And all comes included with my airline status. I have a hard time believing David Brooks doesn't have status on at least one airline. The International Terminal is much nicer now than it used to be. It's the only part of LAX that doesn't stink to high heaven in my mind.